ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A stretch of highway has been named for a police officer in Florida who authorities say was gunned down by a man wanted for another murder.
The roadway in Orlando on Monday was renamed the “Lieutenant Debra Clayton Memorial Highway.” The unveiling of new signs for the road took place on what would have been her 43rd birthday.
Markeith Loyd is accused of gunning down Clayton in January weeks after authorities say he fatally shot 24-year-old Sade Dixon. Loyd’s case prompted a legal skirmish between Orlando’s state attorney and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
State Attorney Aramis Ayala said she wouldn’t seek the death penalty in Loyd’s case or any others. Scott responded by transferring her death penalty cases to another prosecutor.
The case is before the Florida Supreme Court.